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Berserk 2017, Episode 16

When Farnese momentarily abandons her unglamorous task of babysitting to prove herself more useful to the group, she not only potentially endangers Casca (and everyone who’ll then have to look for them), but shows how much soul-searching she still has to do. Unlike her, the talents Serpico cultivated as the Vandimion family’s servant add some lovely domestic comforts to the ragtag party’s roadtrip through demon forest territory, while his quick wits and perceptive nature will surely continue to come in… Continue Reading →

Berserk 2017, Episode 15

It’s recruiting time on Berserk, and whether his heart is truly free or not, Griffith is doing a much better job at attracting useful companions to his new Band of the Hawk (how dare he!) than Guts’ fellowship of lost souls and comic relief characters. Flocking to the White Hawk’s re-hoisted banner are a selection of assorted legendary heroes from all the required classes, ready to showcase their impressive talents at inflicting almost comical amounts of carnage on the Kushan… Continue Reading →

Berserk 2017, Episodes 13-14

Griffith’s return to the physical world provided a powerful cliffhanger ending to Berserk 2016,¬†and the question of what his reborn self would be like loomed heavily over the new season. In-universe, people dream of the Hawk of Light to deliver them from darkness, but Griffith has more pressing matters to attend to before indulging in any savior business: proving to himself that the Eclipse got rid of that troublesome humanity of his once and for all. And so he seeks… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 12

Life’s a scary thing, with its lack of apparent purpose but plenty of rejection to go around. The more little Taku got ignored by his parents and classmates, the more he convinced himself that he was better, smarter, kinder than them. Why would he want those painfully normal people to like him if they could never understand him the way Serika did? Wasn’t he a misunderstood genius, like his idol Takumi? One day, he would show all of them how… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 12

We really haven’t changed, have we? Jean’s last line to Nino sums it up best. In this week’s climax, ACCA stayed true to its laid-back nature by turning Lilium’s carefully plotted usurpation into a theatrical exercise that’s resolved in a flash. Publicly out-couped, the master plotter ends up getting played on the stage that was supposed to mark his secret step into the limelight. Schwan is demoted to the subordinate role of figurehead that Lilium had originally intended for Jean… Continue Reading →

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